Green Hackathon, Introduction to Design Thinking for Hospitality


On May 22, 2022, Aurianne Ricquier and I (Cesar Jung-Harada), led a Design Thinking workshop introduction to the participants of the Green Hackathon. We taught them the essential principles to collaborate effectively and come up with innovative ideas as a team.

Next step, they will meet their mentors with their initial sketches, prototypes, and documented tests.

We wish all the team the best luck!


Green Hospitality Story

The story of GREEN Hospitality began in the autumn of 2018, when Soap Cycling, Asia’s first and largest youth-led soap recycling charity, had the idea of creating a globally-focused network to help the hospitality industry correct course. “As an organization working closely with the hospitality industry, we realized that while it is a driver for exponential economic growth, such growth, without a comprehensive industry-wide focus on sustainability, will continue to take a significant toll on the environment and the wellbeing of local communities,” said Justen Li, Chairman of Soap Cycling. “We wanted to help our hotel partners make more informed, sustainability-driven decisions in their business operations, and that’s really how GREEN Hospitality started.”

GREEN Hospitality’s first initiative, the inaugural GREEN Hospitality Conference, was held on 26 April 2019, at the Cordis Hotel, with the support of the Sustainable Development Fund, the HKU Business School, and Foundation for Shared Impact.

After 2 years of creating impact and building a community of sustainability-driven professionals in the hospitality industry, a new social enterprise was established to carry forward the mission of GREEN Hospitality - Pangaia Solutions Limited.

Green Hospitality Purpose

We are dedicated to facilitating connections and promoting dialogues among all related industries in the hospitality sector, which will help businesses achieve their sustainability goals and become the catalysts for change.

Our presence is defined by our members. We are not a single voice for advocacy but an alliance of advocates. We are positioned with a network of individuals and companies that share similar sustainability goals. We believe that achieving those goals is easier when partnering with individuals and companies with similar passions and areas of expertise.

More than anything though, we are problem solvers. Whether through highlighting issues, sharing ideas, or supporting innovative technologies, we are committed to expediting actionable solutions.

We believe in change for the good and knowledgeable and collaborative hospitality industry can be the driver of this change.

Green Hospitality Vision & Mission

We see hospitality and tourism as catalysts for sustainability and we are determined to achieve this vision by advancing research, incubating innovations, and fostering activities that enable the industry to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in the interest of the planet, people, and prosperity.

Meaning of GREEN

GREEN stands for much more than color. This is the mantra that leads us on our journey of making a positive impact on the planet and the people.

Green Events Asia _ GREEN Hospitality.pdf14603.4KB

Slides & Board

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[TEAM 16] Green Hackathon Board.pdf174.5KB